Nektar Technology GX49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

Nektar Technology GX49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

Nektar Technology GX49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

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Product Highlights

  • 49 Velocity-Sensitive Keys
  • 4 Velocity Curves + 3 Fixed
  • Modulation and Pitch Bend Wheels
  • Transpose and Octave Shift Buttons
  • Full Transport Controls
  • Bitwig 8-Track Software
  • USB Bus Powered
  • Transport Control for Major DAWs
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Nektar Technology GX49 overview

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The GX49 from Nektar is 49-key USB MIDI keyboard controller featuring a pitch-bend wheel, modulation wheel, and footswitch socket. Two multi-colored octave buttons enable shifting the keyboard range by -3 or +4 octaves, with the LED colors showing exact status. Dedicated transpose buttons allow for shifting the keyboard range by +/- 12 semitones. The buttons can quickly be re-purposed to change the global MIDI channel, or send program messages. Additionally an assignable potentiometer provides control over any MIDI parameter, which by default controls mixer volume.

Eight buttons provide DAW control, and when combined with Nektar DAW Integration, extend functionality to include control over transport and a host of other important DAW functions. The buttons can also be assigned to MIDI messages for use with any MIDI software that's not supported by Nektar DAW Integration. A primary and a secondary message, accessed via the shift button, can be programmed for each of seven buttons, delivering a total of fourteen programmable options. 

Each of the fourteen assignable MIDI buttons, the modulation wheel, footswitch, and the big control knob can be assigned to send out MIDI CC messages. The assignable buttons can additionally be configured to send out a program message or MMC transport control. Transport controls with the ability to go to and set locators, track navigation, volume control, launching windows and patch navigation are also available. Bitwig 8-Track software is included to provide a ready-to-create solution.

49 full-size, velocity-sensitive keys
Four keyboard-velocity curve settings and three fixed-velocity options
Pitch bend and modulation wheels
Two transpose buttons
Two octave-shift buttons
Nektar DAW Integration for many of the most commonly used DAWs
Eight buttons for DAW control – seven dual-function buttons and one shift button
Buttons can also be assigned to MIDI messages for use with any MIDI software that's not supported by Nektar DAW Integration
Seven transport buttons with secondary level (accessed via shift button) for fourteen MIDI controls
USB port for power and data connection to a computer
Sustain foot switch jack (pedal not included)
Included Bitwig 8-Track provides access to over fifty software instruments and effects for use on up to eight audio or MIDI project tracks, along with any 3rd-party VST plug-ins
UPC: 859383002282
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Nektar Technology GX49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
  • USB Cable
  • Bitwig 8-Track Download
  • One (1) Year Limited Warranty
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    Nektar Technology GX49 specs

    Keyboard 49-key, full-sized, velocity-sensitive keyboard
    4 velocity curves + 3 fixed
    Controllers Octave up/down buttons with LED indicators
    Transpose up/down buttons with LED indicators (assignable to send Global MIDI Channel or Program)
    7 x transport buttons with secondary level for 14 MIDI controls
    1 x shift button
    Pitch bend wheel
    Modulation wheel (MIDI assignable)
    Potentiometer/control knob (MIDI assignable)
    Power on/off switch (back)
    Connectors 1/4" TS jack footswitch input (MIDI assignable)
    USB port on rear panel, and USB bus powered
    Connects to iPad via Apple Camera Connection Kit (not supplied)
    Power Requirements USB bus power
    System Requirements USB Class compliant, no driver needed
    Apple iOS, Apple OSX, Windows XP, or higher, Linux (MIDI driver software required)
    For DAW Integration:
    Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
    Windows Vista, 7, and 8 or higher 
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 31.6 x 7.75 x 2.75" (80.3 x 19.7 x 7.0 cm)
    Weight 4.8 lb (2.2 kg)
    Packaging Infozdxstcweyuueddb
    Package Weight 7.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 33.3 x 9.7 x 4.0"

    Nektar Technology GX49 reviews

    GX49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than expected I was looking for a synth action controller to replace my old Korg Wavestation, which is, in my opinion, the best synth action ever. Is not for everyone, though, since is so light, you can fly on lead passages, but is not very comfortable for pianos or organs. But the problem is that, since is a fully fledged synth, is big and heavy. Not really practical to move it around gigs. Anyway, to my amazement, the Nektar action is so light and smooth, not at all plasticky or spongy as many other controllers I've tried, that I can now put my trusty to Wavestation rest. As a plus, is very light and small overall, as much as I can fit both my main controller (M-Audio Code 61) and the Nektar on the same SKB hard case, how convenient is that? Build quality is top notch. Can't talk about long term, since I've only used it for a few weeks, but looks and feels very well built, it doesn't squeak when squeezed, buttons and dials are great and responsive, configuring it is a breeze, and it does have a multi function plug for either a sustain or expression pedal. That is very nice to me, since I'll be adding another expression pedal to control my left hand, while I use the other for the left. In a nutshell, I believe the Nektar GX49 is without doubt the best sub 100$ 49 key controller in the market.
    Date published: 2017-03-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK FOR PRICE RANGE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS IS AVERAGE. KEYS ARE VERY CHEAP PLASTIC. WORKS BUT NOT WEIGHTED OR SEMI WEIGHTED. WORKS WELL FOR WHAT ITS IS FOR AN INEXPENSIVE CONTROLLER. I USE IT FOR A SECOND MIDI CONTROLLER TO PLAY A BASS LINE IN A LIVE SITUATION WHICH WORKS WELL, BUT I WOULD NOT USE IT IN RECORDING. DOESNT FEEL RELIABLE OR RESPONSIVE ENOUGH TO USE. I WOULD RECOMMEND IT ONLY FOR SIMPLE APPLICATION
    Date published: 2017-07-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still love it, although no exp pedal input This is a correction of my initial review. The pedal jack is MIDI assignable, which confused me to believe it could be configured as expression via MIDI, but sadly is not. Is a simple TS jack. For expression, you need a TRS jack (tip, ring, sleeve). But is nothing that takes away from this awesome keyboard. Still I believe is one of the best values under 100$. The key action is great, and very soft for fast riffs. I'll need to find a way to fit my second expression pedal in my rig.
    Date published: 2017-06-23
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